Beyond Campus: Bringing MU to St. Lou 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 6:30pm

Cortex Innovation Community, 4240 Duncan Ave., Ste. 200

Presentation 6:30 p.m., reception to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Cortex Innovation Community, Havana Room (see below*)

Admission is free

“Do St. Louisans Talk Like Other Missourians?”

Professor Matthew Gordon, English

There are many attributes that set St. Louis apart from the rest of the state. Certainly, the list includes an interest in hockey and an appetite for provel cheese, but the way that St. Louisans speak also stands out. Dialectologists have described St. Louis as the heart of a speech island where we hear a range of language features that differ from those heard in the broader region. Some of these usages are familiar as linguistic stereotypes, such as pronouncing 40 as “farty,” but others are much more subtle. Since joining the MU faculty in 2000, Matthew Gordon has been documenting how Missourians speak. This research helps us appreciate how St. Louis fits in linguistically with the rest of Missouri. We will explore these dialect patterns and consider the historical and cultural forces that shape the ways we talk today.

Committed to engaging with the communities it serves, MU's College of Arts and Science offers Beyond Campus, a series that showcases the range and relevance of the college's research and programs, which serve as the foundation for all undergraduates at MU, whether they major in an A&S discipline or not. The events in this series are intended for the general public, including alumni, business and community leaders, and prospective students. All are welcome. 

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*Location information for events at Cortex: 

Havana Room, 4240 Duncan Ave., Ste. 200, Cortex Innovation Community.
Click here for directions to Cortex. Once inside @4240, to get to Havana, take the elevator to the second floor, then go left and the room will be on your left.